That may not be his exact words, but the message in the article is clear ---- he’d rather not play in Canada.
These draft prospects should be kissing our ass, expounding the virtues of playing for a great city. This is not the BS attitude they should be coming in with.
Why would an agent and his draftee be stupid enough to make a blanket statement like this…. unless they feel strongly about it?
If Chris Bosh, who’s 5x the player Aldridge is, can make TO his home, then why not a rook with zero NBA experience.
I hope Aldridge clears this shiit up when he works out here this week. Hopefully, it's just some stupid-a$$, homer sports writer putting words in his mouth.
Stevie Franchise was the 2nd pick overall by Vancouver in 1999, but for whatever reason didn’t want to play in Canada. He held the Grizz hostage, and forced them to package him in a 3-team 11-player deal with the Rockets and Magic. The Grizz essentially got garbage for the 2nd pick, and 2 years later left YVR and moved to Memphis.
I don't know exactly what the circumstances are with Francis and Vancouver pre-draft.
Regardless, let this be a cautionary tale.